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Trusting the Lord

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Every time I struggle and fret because things aren’t going exactly the way I want them to go, I have to remind myself to trust in God.

Our Lord is all-knowing.  My life may feel like nothing but scattered bits and pieces, but I know I am a puzzle piece in His master picture. I know that He has plans for me, even though I don’t yet understand what they are.

God is an ocean that has no bottom and no shore.   The Potter knows what shape the pottery will take; we just have to trust Him.

Trusting God. Trusting in the Lord.

Sounds so easy, yet it is so hard.

Blog post by Sarah Parshall (Woolly Bee).

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Hey Girl, Stop It

Hey Girl, Stop It

-Photo copyright Lucia Marie, 2013-

Hey girl. Yes, you. The one who looked in the mirror today and cried. The one who won’t admit she’s afraid of people. Of their thoughts. Their words. Their stares.

The one who tries so hard to smile. The butterfly who can’t see past her cocoon. The one who hides from cameras; who shuts her eyes when she walked past the magazine aisle.

The one who has read a dozen posts and e-mails and articles and books like this, yet is still stuck in that rut of insecurity.

The girl who thinks that she’s the only one who’s got a tangled heart.

Well, lady, you might have had this message hammered into you a million times over, or maybe this is the first time you’ve heard it. Either way, pretty girl, I’m talking to you on purpose. And I have two words to say: stop it.

Stop. It.

Halt. Pause. Breathe. Think. Cease to wallow on the ground–get up and shake the dust off.

Do you know who you are? I mean, really? Do you know who you are? You aren’t your own person to degrade and pity. You are Someone else’s intricate, glorious, dazzling masterpiece. The face in the mirror that you bemoan on bad days isn’t your’s to slander. And can’t you see? It distinctly and visibly echoes the beauty of the Most Beautiful One. Look:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 149:13)

Fearfully and wonderfully made. He says so.

So stop cursing yourself.

And your tangled heart? Yes, I have one too, and so does she, the covergirl, and she, the Harvard graduate, and she, the president’s wife, and she, the Olive Garden waitress.

Want to know something else?

Those messy, breakable, boy-crazy, scratched up, scarred, insecure, dented, painted over, wistful, selfish, flimsy paper hearts aren’t our’s to untangle.

So stop trying.

Hey girl. Yes, you, lovely. The one sitting behind your screen biting your nails and still trapped in a world of uncertainty. You’re beautiful. Have you heard it before? I’ll wager you have. It’s a message that’s out there, constantly, on Facebook statuses, on Pinterest memes, in girlie pep talk books, and on the lips of your friends. But have you ever believed it? Have you ever sat back and realized who you are, what you are, and where you are? Have you ever contemplated your worth? The fact and reality of how blessed you are to have beauty–not your beauty, but His.

So stop pretending. Stop not believing. Stop cutting you and your beautiful, beautiful self down, because it’s Jesus’ beauty, too.

Hey girl. Dear one. Magnificent one. Beautiful one. Don’t you hear His still, small voice? He isn’t yelling, “STOP, YOU FOOL!,” He’s whispering, “Stop, beloved. Stop trying to exist on your own, and let me untangle your heart and wipe your tears.”

p.s. (this post wasn’t for you. it was for me. but thanks for eavesdropping.)

This blog post, Hey Girl, Stop It, appeared on Lucia Marie: The Road Less Traveled, and wow, it’s so powerful.

-Photo copyright Lucia Marie, 2013-

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This Week in Our Garden

What a beautiful day!  Today I feel blessed to be alive and thank God for my life.

Our twenty-five Freedom Ranger meat chickens have been doing are four weeks old this Sunday, and will be butchered at 8-10 weeks.  We are looking forward to the chicken!

It is challenging to keep up with the garden.  Every day, sometimes twice, one or more of us is headed out there to pick produce: string beans, zucchini, squash, herbs, cucumbers, beets, cherry, Roma, and Beefsteak tomatoes, cauliflower, grapes, carrots, and most recently, blackberries.

We have been feeling so good about all the beets we grew this year.  They have been everyone’s favorite vegetable, and we eat them almost every night.  We have eaten them roasted, but most of the time we make Camille’s Pickled Beets with Honey.
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Freedom Ranger Meat Chicken

In our pine glade

Beehives

Honeybees going in and out of hive

Cherry Tomatoes

Cabbage

Grapes

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